About Us

About Us

Neighborhood Empowerment Network

In 2007, an alliance of residents, neighborhood and merchant associations, non profits and faith based organizations, foundations and academic institutions was created around a simple mission, empowering the neighborhoods of San Francisco with the capacity to steward themselves to a resilient condition.  The alliance assumed the name of the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) and over the last six years it has leveraged the immense resources and expertise within its ranks to create a ground breaking suite of tools resources and methodologies to advance resilience at the community level with a bottom up grass roots approach.

Vision – Mission – Method

The NEN’s vision is that everyone has the right to live in a safe, clean, healthy, inclusive and economically resilient community.

The NEN’s Mission is to empower residents, and their communities, with the capacity and resources to build strong resilient communities.

The NEN’s method leverages strategic partnerships to develop programs, tools and technical resources that neighborhood stakeholders can leverage as they build thriving communities that are well positioned to navigate times of stress

Member Organizations

Organizationally sponsored by the San Francisco General Services Agency and the Department of Emergency Management, the NEN is a collaborative comprised of community organizations, city agencies, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions. Click here to see our list of partners…

NEN Steering Committees

Executive Steering Committee


Gerald Eisman Michael Pappas
Director, Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, SFSU Executive Director, San Francisco Interfaith Council
David Gershon John Power
Founder and CEO, Empowerment Institute Executive Director, The Volunteer Center
Dr. Isabel Wade
Former Executive Director, Neighborhood Parks Council


Community Steering Committee


Erick Arguello Leela Gill
President, Lower 24th Street Merchant and Neighborhood Association President, North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association
Foster Weeks Marc Christensen
Board Member, Clementina Cares, Inc. Vice President, Mission Extension Triangle Neighborhood Association
Glen Hatakeya Ron Miguel
President, Mission Extension Triangle Neighborhood Association Planning Association of the Richmond
Jane Martin Steve Adams
Founder, PlantSF President, Merchants of Upper Market and Castro
Vallie Brown Jed Lane
Lower Haight Ashbury Merchant and Neighborhood Association Founder, Friends of Miraloma Park
Mary Harris Judith Berkowitz
President, Ocean – Merced – Ingleside Neighbors in Action President, Coalition of San Francisco Neighborhoods
Morgan Fitzgibbons
The Wigg Party


Our Partners


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We depend on the ideas, creativity, and can-do energy of people like you. Contribute to the NEN’s mission to growing the grassroots community movement. See how you can get involved and then get in touch with us.

Get involved with the NEN

Become a NEN Blogger Do you have community-building experience and wisdom from which your fellow community organizers could benefit? If so, maybe you’re the perfect NEN Blogger! Find out more here about joining the team. Become a NENtv crew member We are looking for camera operators, audio specialists, reporters, and video editors to capture the finest examples of the people, projects, and organizations that are making our neighborhoods better places. All levels of experience are welcome and encouraged. Suggest a NENtv episode Do you know about a neighborhood story that would be great to share with the world? Drop us a line and let us know. Post a comment Did you enjoy reading a NEN blog or watching a NENtv episode? If so, post a comment beneath the blog/video and help make the online NEN community sparkle. Join the NEN website team Our website is constantly changing and improving, thanks to the skills of volunteers like you. If you have web design skills and can work in HTML and/or the WordPress framework, we want to know! Send us your ideas Do you have any other ideas how the NEN could be bigger and better? If so, get in touch. Tell your friends, family, and neighbors Spread the word about the NEN to your community and be part of the flourishing neighborhood movement.

Contact Us

Main office Email
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett PlaceRoom 362San Francisco, CA 94102Ph: +1 (415)554-7114 General: nen@sfgov.orgDaniel Homsey, Director: daniel.homsey@sfgov.orgMichael Pawluk, Media Director: michael.pawluk@sfgov.org